Lyssa Peate has found a tenuous balance between her double lives - the planet-discovering scientist and space pirate bounty hunter named Razia. No longer on probation, Razia still struggles to be thought of as more than a chocolate-fetching joke, and Lyssa can’t be truthful to those closest to her. But both lives are turned upside-down when feisty government investigator Lizbeth Carter shows up to capture the same pirate Razia is after.
Lizbeth’s not interested in taking Razia’s thunder; rather, she convinces the caustic bounty hunter to help solve a mystery. Somebody’s hiring pirates to target government ships, and there’s a money trail that doesn’t make any sense. From the desert planet of D-882 to the capital city on S-864, the investigation leads them deeper into a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the Universal Government - and to one of the most painful chapters in Lyssa’s past.
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Lyssa (aka Razia) remains the central character in this book, though this time there’s a new female character, Lizbeth, in the mix. This addition actually let the author delve a bit deeper into Lyssa’s personality and issues, and the results were priceless. Lyssa hasn’t lost any of her snark and sass, nor has she suddenly outgrown her tendency to shut people out and at times be a total pain in the ass. I love Lyssa for all of this. She’s not perfect, and she’s damn sure not going to apologize for it.